Morris Blasts State Board Showdown

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WOWO): Candidate for State Senate District 15 Jack Morris released the following statement after members of the Indiana State Board of Education

<span style=”font-size: 18px;”>voted to limit Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz's powers as chair of the board:

Today, Governor Pence’s State Board of Education went out of its way to inject politics into Hoosier classrooms and undercut Superintendent Ritz by circumventing the Superintendent and the 1.3 million Hoosiers who voted to have her lead us on public education and who stand behind her vision for Indiana schools.

As a parent of a teacher and grandparent of students in public schools, I like many Hoosiers have become increasingly concerned with what appears to be bickering just for the sake of bickering. It is time to take the politics out of education.

Our state and our schools have enough problems to overcome and it seems politicians in Indianapolis are getting good at creating more. The governor created additional bureaucracy by establishing a new agency to duplicate work already under the jurisdiction of Superintendent Ritz; cuts of revenue and funds have been directed away from public education through vouchers costing school corporations millions of dollars and forcing unwanted and harmful decisions including closings, reduction in services, dropping programs or consolidations.

I still believe in the promise of and the need for a good education. I pledge to work with anyone, Democrat or Republican, who is willing to work hard and is focused on solving problems, not creating them.

Helping to build a stronger tomorrow is why I’m running to work for Hoosiers in Senate District 15. Together, we can meet that challenge.”